The Saturday’s supplementary elections that was to bring down the curtain on inconclusive polls in the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections in Kano, Bauchi, Benue and Adamawa states were finally turned violence, killings, intimidation, and suppression of voters. But there were exceptions in Sokoto and Plateau states, where the polls went peacefully.
In Plateau, Governor Simon Lalong, the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), may be coasting home to victory with a total of 12,327 votes secured in the supplementary election in the state.
Jeremiah Useni, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, trailed with 8,487 votes, leaving a margin of 3,840.
Lalong has maintained his lead in the state’s supplementary governorship election.
The electoral commission, INEC, had two weeks ago declared the state’s governorship election inconclusive as the margin of victory was less than the cancelled votes.
Before the declaration of the election as inconclusive, the incumbent governor, Lalong, polled 583,255 votes while his opponent, Useni polled 538,326 votes.
The supplementary elections were held on Saturday in 40 polling units in nine local governments.
Results from six of the nine local governments announced at the INEC headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.
Some of the results already announced by INEC are those of Bassa, Shedam, Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Kanem, and Pankshin. The announced results so far do not significantly alter the margin of lead of the APC candidate.